This Was Least-Watched SOTU in 14 Years
Fox the only network to gain viewers for speech
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2014 11:18 PM CST
Updated Jan 30, 2014 12:16 AM CST
President Obama's SOTU address Tuesday night was the second least-watched of the century.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – American TV viewers chose to skip President Obama's State of the Union address en masse. The address pulled in just 33.3 million viewers, the lowest since Bill Clinton's final SOTU address in 2000, when there were 35 million fewer Americans, the Hollywood Reporter finds. The ratings were just a little down from the 33.5 million who watched Obama's SOTU address last year, but still well above the 31.5 million who watched Clinton in 2000.

MSNBC and CNN saw big drops in viewer numbers year-on-year, but Fox—by far the most-watched network for the address—managed to gain a big rise in viewer numbers to 4.7 million, up 25% from last year, Mediaite reports. But there's one still one loser at Fox: Bill O'Reilly, who confidently predicted that his pre-address show would be watched by more Fox viewers than Obama's speech. His audience numbers were pretty healthy, but his prediction was off by more than a million viewers.

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Feb 3, 2014 6:02 AM CST
Too many statements that turn out to be lies had reduced credibility. Many people just feel like they are stuck with a government that does little for them and they just must endure. If only Mr Obama had returned the rights the Bush administration took away from us. This would have made him credible. Instead he continued and extended Bush policies. We are all well aware that congress and the presidency has done little for the benefit of the American people, instead we are being corralled into a surveillance state reminiscent of the old Iron Curtain countries. We have become the bully of the world and lost credibility there as well. I was born into a nation of heroes, now we are all looked on with hate and suspicion, because of what are government does around the world. I would have never believed this could happen to our beautiful America.
Feb 2, 2014 1:12 PM CST
I watched it. It sucked. as usual. The funny part was when Obama greeted Boener at the podium. Obama made a reference to Boener's tan. Boener replied, what sounded like, "Been fishing. I don't look like you."
Feb 2, 2014 5:12 AM CST
Who gives crock what Bill say? My friend told me that trend began between democrats and that Hilary and all the others running for Congress this year are trying to distance himsell/herself from president so he doesn't pulls them down with them. He says that things are real bad.